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Goings-On

Posted by terrepruitt on January 22, 2015

What is going on with you? Here? Me? Well, I mentioned that Nia released four new routines at the end of the year. I mentioned I ordered three. Well, I received them and I listened to the music for the one I had planned to learn first and just as I expected. The music for the entire routine is from ONE artist. When I originally noticed that, I thought that might be an issue for me. I thought that it would all sound the same and I wasn’t too excited about that prospect. But the music from the routine I didn’t order was even less appealing. Now, let me explain that we are able to listen to snippets of the songs. Like on iTunes. It only plays for a moment. As you may have found out from listening to snippets on iTunes some times what you hear is not exactly what you get. I mean sometimes a song can change dramatically. The Nia website used to allow us to listen to the entire song, but now we only get a short preview. So . . . having listened to the previews of all the songs for all the routines, I “didn’t like” the music of one routine. That is why I didn’t order it. But I was leery of the “One artist” routine. But the snippets sounded different enough, I thought it would be ok. Turns out . . . not so much. But . . . often times the first “listen through” of a routine’s music reveals an instant “I don’t like”, but that fades or disappears entirely sometimes. So, I have faith it will be fine, but . . . it caused me to decide to work on learning a different routine. So I am in the process of learning a new routine.

I always look at them for the first time and think, “Oh cool. That’s not too hard. I can learn it quick.” But then . . . for me that is not the case. It is one thing to be able to dance to a routine, but it is another to be able to lead it. I could just take it to class and we could play with it, but I like to have a really good handle on it first.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose,  Nia at the San Jose Community Centers, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYoBut . . . . somewhat exciting news . . . as is always happening at places that have exercise classes, it seems as if there is going to be a change in the schedule at one of the facilities where I teach. So they are looking to fill a spot, but they don’t really think they want another cardio class, but . . . . I know that it takes time to find the right class and a teacher that can do it, so I offered to do Nia in the meantime. Well, much to my surprise the supervisor took me up on that deal. As in starting next week. The odd thing is – I was already set to sub the class one day, so it is basically like I am taking it over tomorrow.

Another exciting thing is the response I have received from the Nia students that currently attend the other classes I teach. They are excited to have an additional Nia class. Many of them said they would take the class. So . . . we will see. I am secretly –ok, so it is not a secret (!!) hoping that the class will do well and the center will let me keep it. With Group Ex classes we know that nothing is permanent because things sometimes need to change, but there is the “permanent” and we like that. So it could be that I end up taking routines into the classroom sooner than normal if I get to teach four classes a week, regularly!

I am going to go be a student on Saturday. One of the Nia students that used to attend my classes moved to a different area. I am going to visit her. We are going to go to a Nia class she now regularly attends. I think being a student will be a great energizer. I don’t take the time out to be a student as much as I would like. Seems like I am always trying to learn a routine so I don’t take time out from that. But this was planned in advance and it will be perfect.

My hubby and I are still adding to our Goodie Jar. It is looking quite festive with all of the Christmas wrapping paper scraps we are using.

Did I mentioned the Nia Events I have on the calendar for March? There is going to be a Friday evening class and a Saturday playshop? The evening class will be a routine done to 80’s music and the playshop is all about Free Dance. The Nia Teacher that is going to do both is Jason Alan Griffin. I wrote a post about him, First Degree Nia Black Belt Guest Teacher because he brought his Goldfinger routine to the East Bay Area last year.

Whew!  So that is what is up with me.  Do tell, what is up with you?

4 Responses to “Goings-On”

  1. We started a goodie jar! The kids love it. My daughter has actually been adding to it on her own. Congrats on the new class, that must be exciting.

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  2. Hope the class becomes a regular for you! Question – is it at all intimidating when an instructor attends your class or vice versa in this case? It’s nice that you take the time to attend, as you said, to get “energized” & maybe get a different perspective.
    Have a happy Sunday!

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    • Thank you, Jeanne! Just this morning I talked to the supervisor and we are going to give it a GO! YAY!

      That is an interesting question. My answer is: sometimes 🙂 So sometimes I am intimidated just by my students being there. Sounds silly, but I get very nervous when I am doing a routine for the first time. I can feel as if I know the routine forwards and backwards and sideways (which is funny because that is what we DO in the routines – dance all those directions! Tee hee!), but I still get nervous because I know I am not perfect and I will mess up. No one cares because we take the attitude of “non-judgment”, but . . . I still want to do it perfect (which is silly because that is impossible). So . . . if I am not doing a new routine and I am comfortable with the routine, then I don’t get nervous when another Nia instructor is there. Because we have all been trained to just dance . . . so when I mess up, I know they are “ok” with that because they have done it before and it is all fine. Perhaps with an instructor that is NOT a Nia instructor I might have a moment of “Uh-oh!”, but I know they have messed up too. We all do. There is so much going on when teaching it is almost impossible to have NEVER made a mistake.

      I don’t always take the time to attend other Nia classes. THAT is why I was so excited to have been going on Saturday. And it was AWESOME. She happened to teach the routine I am working on learning. It was sooooo EXCITING and soooo fun!!!!

      And yes, energized and a different perspective. Every teacher does things different so it is ALWAYS a learning experience. It is really great! That is why I wish I had more time to attend other classes, but there isn’t enough time in a day!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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